The Technical Sessions for the Ekati Jay Project will be held on October 4 - 6, 2016 at the Behchokǫ̀ Culture Centre. The sessions will start at 1:00 pm on the 4th, and 8:30 am on the 5th and 6th. A community dinner and information session on the WLWB process will be held at 5:00 pm on October 5th.
The agenda is available here.
The Boards are responsible for issuing water licences to community governments as required by the Waters Act. However, the responsibility of ensuring and monitoring compliance is shared with the various departments of the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). In May 2016, the Boards requested collaboration with the GNWT to improve water licence (WL) compliancy and the effectiveness of the current licencing process.
Due to the potential work stoppage by Canada Post, if you intend to submit or have submitted an application and/or other documentation to the Board during this period, please contact our office to confirm receipt and/or inquire about an alternative method for submission.
The Land and Water Boards of Mackenzie Valley have developed the attached Draft Guideline for Geographic Information System (GIS) Submission Standard for public comment. The draft Guideline describes the Boards’ expectations for GIS associated submissions including project location description, maps, GIS data, and metadata. The Boards’ objective is to ensure that map and GIS submissions are complete, accurate, and consistent between projects, which supports an efficient and effective regulatory process.
The Draft Guideline has been reviewed by the Boards’ GIS Initiative Team and approved by the Boards’ Executive Directors to put forth for public review. The Boards look forward to receiving feedback on the draft Guideline. Your comments are much appreciated. The deadline for public comments is July 1, 2016. Comments can be submitted on the MVLWB’s Online Review System.
To kick off the new year, the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board (MVLWB), the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (GNWT-MACA), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (GNWT-ENR) are releasing four Operation and Maintenance Plan Templates for Municipal Water Licences. These fillable-pdf documents were collaboratively designed to be user-friendly and are intended to reduce the workload of municipalities to satisfy their municipal licence requirements. The templates include:
Solid Waste Facility (SWF)
Wastewater (Sewage) Treatment System (WWTS)
Water Treatment Plant (WTP)
Spill Contingency Plan
The templates are now available for submission in the ‘Policies and Guidelines’ page under the ‘Resources’ tab of all Land and Water Board websites.
*Please note that these templates are not meant to replace any already existing Operation and Maintenance Plans that municipalities have completed.
The Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley are pleased to announce that our Engagement Guidelines for Applicants and Holders of Water Licences and Land Use Permits have been updated to improve clarity for applicants and other parties with respect to requirements for pre-application engagement. Please view the document here which can also be found under the ‘Resources’ tab along with the Boards’ other policies and guidelines.
In December 2011, the Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board (WLWB) and the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board (MVLWB) hosted “An Introduction to Risk Assessment”, which was a 2-day information session on human health and ecological risk assessment. The purpose of the information session was two-fold: to ensure that all parties participating in Board decisions involving risk assessments in the mining industry have a good understanding of the topic, and to promote an open discussion about risk assessment. During the information session, participants heard about how and when to perform a risk assessment, community involvement in risk assessment, and some case studies of risk assessment in action. The Summary Report provides a description of the key discussion points raised during the two days of the information session.
Click Here for the Summary Report
In response to the Federal Government’s Action Plan on the Northern Regulatory System, the Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley have prepared a position paper on this important issue.
These guidelines were prepared by WLWB staff and our technical consultants from Ecometrix Inc. and Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd.